Film: I Come in Peace

I Come in Peace (1990) (released and known worldwide as Dark Angel) is a science fiction action thriller film about a rule-breaking vice cop who becomes involved in the investigation of a number of mysterious drug-related murders on the streets of Houston, Texas. The film was directed by Craig R. Baxley, and stars Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley and David Aykroyd.

Jack Caine (Lundgren) is a Houston cop who is determined to wipe out the White Boys, a gang of white-collar drug dealers who killed his partner while Caine was waylaid stopping a convenience store robbery. Little does he know that there is a new drug dealer in town, one who preys on heroin addicts in order to get his own drug of trade - made from the endorphins extracted from heroin users. But this guy's home turf isn't in Houston. It isn't even on planet Earth...

This movie contains examples of:

  • Alien Blood: The aliens bleed a blue clay-like substance.
  • Almost Dead Guy: After the alien drug dealer mortally wounds the space cop who was pursuing him, the good one survives just long enough to tell Jack and Larry about the drug dealer's plans and give them his energy gun.
  • Asshole Victim: The gangsters the bad alien kills to steal their drug.
  • Badass: Jack Caine and the aliens, both the evil and the good one.
  • Badass Longcoat: The aliens wear these.
  • BFG:
    Jack Caine: [while being chased by the White Boys, Larry produces a huge firearm, which resembles a cannon more than a gun] What the hell is that?
    Arwood "Larry" Smith: A Christmas present from my mother.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Victor Manning and the alien criminal. However since the former disappear just after his only on-screen scene, we could consider the alien the true Big Bad.
  • Blatant Lies: "I come in peace..."
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: The alien drug dealer. Especially as the alien cop also after him (presumably the same species) is black-haired.
  • Brain Food: The evil alien injects humans with overdoses of heroin in order to harvest endorphins that could be rendered into a powerful recreational drug on his home planet.
  • Car Cushion: The alien throws Smith into a car. Despite being dropped from a considerable height, he only hurts his shoulder.
  • Cool Guns / Rare Guns: The "alien guns" are actually Calico M-950s with an additional LED toggle display on the side (apparently showcasing various power levels-the higher one good at making Stuff Blowing Up and turning people into Ludicrous Gibs).
  • Cowboy Cop: Jack Caine prefers to play by his own rules, but this does get him into a lot of trouble at the start. The only reason he isn't booted off the force is because the FBI agents pull some strings.
  • Deadly Disc: The alien shoots small magnetically-powered disks that ricochet around the room and home in on humans' electrical patterns.
  • Evil Gloating: Victor Manning, the drug lord who killed Jack Caine's partner in the opening, later sends Jack a photo of himself with some half-naked girls to show that he's having a great time on his vacation in Brazil.
  • False Reassurance: Caine is Genre Savvy enough to warn Larry that if his boss starts being chummy and talking about how good he's been at serving his country, Larry should start to worry. And so he does, and Larry does too.
  • Fantastic Drug: The alien drug "collector" overdoses humans with stolen heroin so he can extract endorphins from them for sale off-world.
  • Groin Attack: Threatened when Jack interrogates one of Victor Manning's associates by pressing his gun against the guy's crotch.
  • Hand Cannon: The alien's weapons look like regular handguns. But when shot, HUGE explosions ensue.
  • He Knows Too Much: Larry's FBI boss tries to kill his subordinate after Larry hands over the energy weapon which he retrieved from the alien cop, but Larry's local partner Jack saves him by shooting the guy first.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: The alien uses a sawblade-like disk which does this quite memorably, until caught (attracted?) mid-flight with a strong magnet.
  • I Come in Peace: Subverted. The main alien says this to the Earthlings almost out of reflex, but in reality he wants to steal their brain fluid for the intergalactic drug trade.
  • I Gave My Word: It's a recurring plot point that Jack Caine always keeps his promises when he does make one. The alien cop seems to be aware of this reputation, since when he is dying, he also makes Jack promise to stop the alien drug dealer before he can kill even more people.
  • It's Personal: Caine was already going after the WhiteBoys, but then they had to go and kill his partner...
  • Karma Houdini: Victor Manning, getting out of Dodge after his one scene and sending a picture to Caine in order to gloat about it. On the other hand, the complete slaughter of his gang back on Houston is going to make things harder for him in the long run...
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Larry has a moment like this when he and Jack get ready for their climactic showdown with the alien.
    Larry: Let's kick some ass.
  • The Men in Black: After the two aliens have a shoot-out in a convenience store, the crime scene is quickly cordoned off by these people and the case closed. It's implied that Larry's boss is one of them, as he reveals that they want to make a deal with the alien and ignore how many he's already killed on Earth.
  • Name of Cain: Jack Caine, who is a Cowboy Cop Anti-Hero who frequently flouts protocol.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Human endorphins work on alien brain chemistry. Unless there's a Placebo Effect involved...
  • Outside-Context Villain: The alien drug dealer arrives in the middle of a botched sting operation to kill the human gangsters. Later, he kills more of them when they arrive to kill protagonist Jack Caine.
  • Picky People Eater: The alien drug dealer harvests brain fluid from Earthlings that can be rendered into a powerful recreational drug on his home planet.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The alien drug dealer collects his narcotics by injecting humans with heroin before using a spike to extract the endorphin-laden brain fluid.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: When Jack is playing Chicken with some White Boys (all of whom drive expensive sports cars), Larry is worried at first, but Jack knows he'll win because "if there's one thing a White Boy can't stand, it's a scratch on his car".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: After the evil alien has been impaled on a pipe:
    Bad Alien: I come in peace.
    Jack Caine: But you go in pieces, asshole.
  • Prophet Eyes: The aliens have white eyes.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Caine already lives by this code, but Larry grows into it once he finds out that the government has no problem with letting the alien kill people (and possibly bring along an Alien Invasion to turn Earth into a space-meth lab) as long as they can get a deal out of it.
  • Slasher Smile: The bad alien during the fight with Caine at the climax.
  • Space Police: Another alien turns out to be a law enforcement officer who gives Not Quite Dead exposition on the alien drug dealer's reason for being on Earth.
  • The Speechless: The evil alien. Exepct for his Catch Phrase "I come in peace", doesn't talk very much,
  • Super Toughness: The two aliens are much tougher than ordinary humans. The cop still lives for quite a while after half his torso is shot off, and the drug dealer isn't even phased when Jack tries to kick his ass, while gunfire barely slows him down.
  • Title Drop: Unless seeing it as Dark Angel, multiple repetitions of "I come in peace" make up almost all of the bad guy's dialogue (his only other line: "I win").
  • Terminator Twosome: An alien cop does show up to hunt down the alien criminal, but he turns out to be the The World's Expert on Getting Killed and gets gutshot pretty quickly. His only real contribution is giving Jack an alien gun before he dies and explodes.

Alternative Title(s):

Dark Angel